Posts Tagged ‘Paris Review’

Good advice from Charles Simic, former Poet Laureate and monster poet, on writing poems. Click here.

“Remember, a poem is a time machine you are constructing, a vehicle that will allow someone to travel in their own mind…”

If you’d like to read more about Charles Simic, click here and here and here.


Paul De Witt writes a Western, and then talks about it here. Is there new life in this hoary old form? The Western, of course, found a new Renaissance in film with Clint Eastwood‘s Unforgiven, but hasn’t seen much action as a literary genre, despite Larry McMurtry‘s best efforts. (Although Bat Terrier still really likes Ron Hansen‘s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.)

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And (finally!)  Art Journal puts up a website.

…  I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write…  You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop …  When you stop you are as empty as when you have made love... Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again…  —Paris Review

Vonnegut at typewriter“So it goes.” — KV

Thinking about Kurt Vonnegut now, some thirty-five years since I first read him, what strikes me most is the man’s fundamental decency.  This quality is sadly, all too rare in writers, who often seem to be positively writhing with their hustles.  And then, of course, there is Vonnegut’s humor, his wisdom– and the strange wandering genius of his books.

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You never know what you’re really doing, do you? Like a spider, you are in the middle of your own web.

James Salter, from the Paris Review